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I'd tend to agree that once you put in some details then it gave you a more "accurate" (for given values of accurate) calorie count. This would tend to make sense in that it does ask for age and height and sex. With that it also helps to give you a training program as well - although I've yet to really explore that option.
I noticed that after I set my weight in my profile, it started to give much higher calorie counts, so I assumed that it initially was calculating based on a very low weight. Even now, I don't think the calorie counts are very accurate; they seem low. On the other hand, half the time I spend with the game is in navigating the menu, rather than exercising, so perhaps that is part of it.
The new game features a "one size fits all" approach to calorie counting. Everyone now burns the same amount of calories, regardless of size and other inputs. The reason for doing so is for contests and challenges. Theoretically, it is easier and faster for a large person to burn more calories. This new approach is supposed to level the playing field. The down side is not having an accurate count for calories burned.
Both games are tied together and it sounds like the web site is taking your progress and counting it with the new calorie approach.
KINECT for Xbox 360
Kinect to Fitness and Health - Team Leader
(using the Xbox Kinect to achieve fitness goals)
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I have the older one but want to upgrade to the newer one when it comes from my gamefly cuz i can get it alot cheaper. But today I used the personal trainer mode and finished 3 different rountines sets and it read total 210 calories but when I went to the main page it said only 152, does anyone else have any problems with dropped calories?